By Nike Adekunle –
For allegedly causing the death of two beggars, a 28-year-old businessman, Emmanuel Anyanwu, was on Friday arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused was arraigned before the Magistrate, Miss Y. Okusanya on charges bordering on dangerous driving and causing death.
Anyanwu, a resident of Ketu area of Lagos State, however, pleaded not guilty to the charged and was admitted to a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
According to the prosecutor, ASP. Joe Egbo, the accused committed the offences on Dec.30 at NAHCO junction, Hajj camp, Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Egbo said that the accused who was in charged of a Toyota Camry with registration number KTU 875 DU drove his car on a public highway in a dangerous and reckless manner and caused accident that claimed the lives of two people.
“The accused drove his car in a dangerous manner without due care for other road users and caused the death of two beggars, one Mr. Amolu Nuhu and Mrs. Saratu Haruna.
“Anyanwu, who was dozing on steering lost control of his vehicle and rammed into the victims who were begging for livelihood.
“The victim, Nuhu, was pushing Haruna, who was lame, on the wheelchair when the accused crushed them from behind.
“The victims died on the spot,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the corpses had been released to the families following their request for burial according to Islamic rites.
The offences, Egbo said contravened section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused may be jailed for life if found guilty according to the provisions of section 222.
The case was adjourned to February 8 for mention.